Ahhhh, health! Now let's smoke?
May 8, 2012 3:49 PM Subscribe
As a former smoker I find that a good, vigorous workout makes me absolutely crave a cigarette. What is
posted by heyho to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I was a cigarette smoker for years, on and off, then I quit several years ago. I never felt any sort of addiction to them and had no trouble quitting in that sense; once I decided to quit for good, I quit for good, and that was that — no problem, no headaches, nothing. I was done. My reliable I need one now trigger back then was anger/frustration; if I was very upset about something, that's the only time I'd notice what I'd call a craving.
Cut to the present (this has been going on consistently for two years, it's not new): every time I finish a strenuous workout all I can think about afterward is the cigarette I omgwish I were smoking. It's a pretty powerful craving. A couple years back I gave in, mostly out of curiosity, and I bought a pack. Sure enough, I only wanted one/two after a good cardio workout, which is/was about every third day. Never after yoga or anything else. After that pack, I didn't buy another because... well, slippery slope and all. And it smells like shit, but I digress. I'm just not a smoker. But here I am, sweaty, panting like a dog, and wanting to hit a cigarette like it's my job.
Any idea why this happens? I'm not afraid I'll give in or anything, but it's driving me crazy enough to make an AskMe (after two years of wondering). Maybe if I can nail down the reason, I'll be able to stop thinking about it finally.